You English Experts: How Bad Is Your English, Sometimes?
Actually, I am quite adept in using my native tongue. No, I am not a stickler for rules, especially when rules seem (frankly) stupid. For instance, I ignore the rules when it comes to silent "h" and the use of 'a' or 'an'.
Even so, there are times when I either,
- Deliberately misuse the language for effect, or
- Misuse it because I can get across a point quite well without thinking about proper wording.
For example, I use an expression such as,
"If he'd a done what I told 'im to do in the first place..."
What words do I have in mind when I say this?
"If he had of done what I told him to do in the first place..."
Frankly, it is bad English.
What I should have said is this,
"If he would have done what I told him to do in the first place..."
The word "of" should have been "have". The word "had" is more excusable, but the word "would" would have been the superior choice.
There are many such sentences that I come out with, all rapid-fire, which make sense, but which are poor English.
Funny I can't think of them at the moment. It was not a problem thinking of them while I was lying in bed, waiting to go to sleep.
Now it's your turn. Admit it! There are things you say in your native tongue that you shouldn't say, and you KNOW better. Am I not right?
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